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TDT Enters Land of Genghis Khan!

August 21st, 2008 · No Comments

Despite our fears of retribution from the big bad Russians for our behaviour in Taxistan, we were let out of Russia after only an hour of bureaucracy and minus a full cavity search. Exactly 10km into the 20km of no man’s land, the perfectly smooth Russian road disappeared into a rutted dirt track. A sign of things to come…

The Mongolian border control decided that they would rather have a four hour lunch break than process the 20 cars waiting to enter, only opening the gates to let cattle in, herded by heavily armed Mongolian soldiers. There seemed to be a competition between the various stages of border control as to who could get you to change the most money.

Finally after a month of bumps, toils, imprisonment, blood, sweat and tears the gate swung open and Team Desertaxi made into Mongolia. 500m in, Ed instigated a drag race with the 4 other cars in the convoy. 25 yards into the race, Team Top Gun punctured their fuel tank and so we pulled over for some last minute repairs. This left us at the mercy of two dozen mischievous Mongolian children who tied a Fiat Panda to the back of the taxi and tried to encourage Ed to drive off. While the tank was drained we tried to fend off the children but with no avail. Obviously trained wrestlers from birth they tried their damndest to bring Max and Ed to the ground while Jimmy sought the relative safety of the taxi.

With the fuel tank drained we hitched Team Top Gun’s F 14Tomcat (Fiat Uno) to the back of the old girl and hauled them across riverbeds, rocks and ruts the 20km to Tsaganuur.

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